Accomplished pediatrician and researcher Dr. Steven Abrams, who has been practicing medicine for over 30 years now, is bringing his expertise and compassion for healthcare’s smallest, most fragile patients to The University of Texas at Austin, as he has been invited to be Dell Medical School’s Department of Pediatrics’ inaugural chair. The medical school is also pleased to announce that Dr. Abrams will be holding his first class as a professor of pediatrics on July 2016.
“We are building this medical school, in part, around innovations that will help train doctors to work in multidisciplinary teams and treat patients as people with real needs, lives and loved ones — not just carriers of health problems,” said Dr. Clay Johnston, the medical school’s dean. “Steve brings a huge amount of experience, empathy and creativity to the effort.”
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumnus, he finished his medical degree at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and pursued his residency in pediatrics at Akron Children’s Hospital. He then completed his fellowship in nutritional research at the National Institutes of Health, and at Baylor College of Medicine in neonatology and nutrition.
Before coming to UT Austin and Dell Medical School, Dr. Abrams served as a neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, which, according to US News & World Report, is home to the country’s second-highest-rated neonatology program. At Baylor College of Medicine, he was a professor, director of the fellowship program in neonatal-perinatal medicine, and the medical director of the Neonatal Nutrition Program.
Dr. Abrams is also an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and its Committee on Nutrition, and the Society for Pediatric Research. He also holds a membership with the American Society for Nutrition’s Medical Nutrition Council, and was formerly the associate editor of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He is a member of this year’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, responsible for providing the government sound and professional advice on food programs. His work in the field of research centers on children’s mineral requirements, especially calcium, zinc, and iron.